January 31, 2018 / 7:54 AM / a year ago

LIVE MARKETS-What's on the radar for European stocks

    * European stocks to recover slightly
    * Siemens, ArcelorMittal, banks report
    * Infineon slashes guidance as weak dollar weighs
    * Asian stocks pulled back further as rising yields bite

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    A hesitant recovery seems to be in store for European stocks after a global risk-averse turn
dented benchmarks yesterday. Euro zone blue chips were still on track for their best month since
September, though, as a month of eye-watering gains across equities drew to a close.
    Results take centre stage today, with a slew of companies reporting across industrials,
banking and retail. 
    Banks had mixed results as ING’s profit disappoints while SEB beats expectations. The sector
is under extra pressure to deliver strong results as it’s become a favourite since the end of
last year as investors rotated away from tech and into financials. Even after Tuesday’s losses,
the STOXX banks index is set for its best month since March last year.
    It'll be a dark day for Capita (and pay day for short-sellers) as the outsourcer's
shares are indicated down as much as 40 percent after the company announced an unholy trinity of
a profit warning, rights issue and dividend suspension. 
    Autos stocks could be under pressure after data showed British car production fell last year
for the first time since 2009 and investment slumped by a third as uncertainty over Brexit hit
    Pharmaceuticals could also be a focus after President Trump again took aim at the sector,
lambasting high drug prices in his State of the Union speech.
    And in an early sign of the weak dollar hurting some exporting European companies, chipmaker
Infineon slashed its revenue guidance, blaming the greenback.
    Here are some extra headlines which could move the market this morning:
    UK car output drops for first time since 2009, investment slumps 
    U.S. agencies probe Apple over slowing iPhones -Bloomberg
    Italy's Safilo sees 2017 adj EBITDA halving
    JCDecaux beats fourth-quarter revenue target 

    It's a busy day of earnings today, so here's a summary of the headlines we're looking at.
    H&M Q4 pretax profit falls less than expected
    Siemens Q1 profit dips on Power and Gas business declines
    ArcelorMittal upbeat about 2018, slowly resumes dividend
    Ericsson posts bigger than expected Q4 loss
    Santander Q4 profit falls 4 pct on U.S. impairments
    Truck maker Volvo raises market outlook after Q4 order boom
    Lonza's full-year core profit soars 82 pct on acquisitions
    Electrolux Q4 operating profit tops forecast
    Infineon slashes revenue guidance on weak U.S. dollar
    SEB raises dividend as Q4 profit beats expectations
    Energy group Total announces major deepwater oil discovery in Gulf of Mexico

    ING quarterly profit misses on costs, weaker financial markets
    Dutch telco KPN's Q4 results slip as roaming rules hurt
    Sanofi and partner seek European Medicines Agency review for sleep sickness
    Wartsila Proposes Share Split
    Britain's Capita plans rights issue after profit warning
    Britain's SSE raises FY profit outlook
    Centamin posts fall in 2017 core profit on lower output, higher costs
    Wizz Air posts record passenger numbers and profit in third quarter 
    UK's Britvic Q1 revenue up 3.3 pct
    Dairy Crest says 9-month revenue well ahead of last year
    Shell says to sell its stake in Thai Bongkot fields to PTTEP for $750 mln

    German retail sales fall unexpectedly in December
    (Kit Rees)
    Stock futures have opened up 0.1 percent across the major European benchmarks, suggesting a
rather hesitant recovery from yesterday's sharp falls. 
    While the STOXX, DAX and CAC40 are set to rise, ending January on a positive note, the FTSE
100 is on track to fall further with futures down 0.2 percent. A rising pound could be piling
extra pressure onto the British index.
 (Helen Reid)
    In an early sign the weak dollar could be a strain on some European companies, particularly
those reliant on exports, chipmaker Infineon just cut its 2017/18 revenue guidance,
blaming the greenback's weakness.
    The stock is indicated down 1.9 percent in pre-market trade.
    (Helen Reid)
    Results are rolling in thick and fast today from industrials as well as several banks.
    German engineering group Siemens reports a fall in quarterly industrial profit
due to continued weak demand from the power and gas sector. Profit was in line with analysts'
forecasts, but profit margin shrank.
    Interestingly the group says it got a net 437 million euro benefit from U.S. tax reforms in
the first quarter. 
    The world's largest producer of steel, ArcelorMittal, was more upbeat, with profit
ahead of expectations and resuming dividend payments after skipping them for 2015 and 2016. The
$0.10 payout undershoots analysts' expectations of $0.30, though.
    A slew of banks reporting today as well, with ING's Q4 profit missing expectations
while Sweden's SEB raises its dividend after strong results. Meanwhile impairments in
its U.S. unit dented Santander's numbers. 
    The pressure's on for European banks, a leading sector in this year's rally, to deliver
convincing results, so it'll be interesting to see how banking shares react today.
    Also in results to watch today, especially considering the tech rally after AMS results
earlier this week, will be chipmaker Infineon. More on that soon.
    (Helen Reid)
    Good morning and welcome to Live Markets. 
    Looks like European stocks could recover slightly today after suffering their biggest daily
loss since November yesterday in a global risk-averse turn. Only the FTSE is seen edging
slightly further down, having sunk to five-week lows yesterday as miners and banks tumbled.
    Overnight Asian stocks lost further ground, falling from their record highs as the global
rise in bond yields weighed on equities. The dollar found some support, however, ahead of the
Federal Reserve's policy decision.
    Spreadbetters call the DAX 25 points higher at 13,222.1, the CAC 40 up 8 points at 5,481.7,
and the FTSE down 4 points at 7,584.3.
    (Helen Reid)

 (Reporting by Danilo Masoni, Helen Reid, Kit Rees and Julien Ponthus)
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